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The Bunny in Winter

Bugs Bunny turned 75 earlier this week. Like the Queen, he has official and unofficial birthdays. Unofficially, Looney Tunes introduced a rabbit to the cast of characters in "Porky's Hare Hunt" (1938), but the anthropomorphized lagomorph looked nothing like Bugs and, although he was voiced by Mel Blanc, he sounded more like Woody Woodpecker. So, officially, Bugs made his debut in the form we know him today on July 27th 1940 in Chuck Jones' "A Wild Hare". Which is enough of an excuse to spend our Saturday movie date with the enduring, indestructible stars of the Looney Tunes funny farm...

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A Se'nnight of Steyn, July 27-August 2

In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark

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Unnatural Selection

White House flack Josh Earnest calls the Planned Parenthood videos "selectively edited". No. What's being "selectively edited" is the baby: Eyeballs, hearts, blasting out brains--all in a day's work at #PlannedParenthood This is depravity, and it happens every day in Planned Parenthood clinics across America - and only in America. As I've said repeatedly, Sweden doesn't do it, France doesn't do it, Norway doesn't do it... Question to Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi: Is every European social ...

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Steyn on America

Pathway to Codswallop

In a thoughtful review of Ann Coulter's splendid new book, iconoclastic Democrat Mickey Kaus lists the open-borders advocates in American politics: ...the entire Democratic party, half the Republican party, half (secretly) of the politicians who claim to represent the other half of the Republican party, virtually the entire press (including Fox), virtually all of business, and virtually all big money political donors (including the Kochs!). The bit I've bolded helps explain the Trump bump in ...

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On the Air

The Consultant-Industrial Complex

This morning I started the day with the great John Oakley on Toronto's AM640. In light of the latest revelations re Donald Trump - he raped at least one of his wives!!! his kids have killed and grilled every single animal on the endangered species list!!!!! - we discussed the way the normal rules of American politics apparently do not apply to the new GOP frontrunner.

Given that the "normal rules" of American politics have delivered America into the hands of a permanent ruling class content to preside over a hyper-regulated, corrupt, cronyist, indebted borderless ruin mitigated according to taste by a deranged hyper-sexualized identity-politics totalitarianism hunting down homophobic bakers and confederate-flag decals, I'm relatively relaxed about that. Your mileage may vary...

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Clumps, Lies and Videotape

On Monday night I joined Sean Hannity at Fox News to discuss Planned Parenthood and Donald Trump. Judging from Twitter commentary, many Americans are prepared to defend the harvesting of baby body parts by Cecile Richards and her staff. If so, shame on you...

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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Insanity Defense

At the end of a rather long day, I swung by Neil Cavuto's show on Fox News and was perhaps rather blunt about the current state of both the Republican and Democrat races. First, the Republican presidential campaign. Rand Paul calls the commanding lead of Donald Trump "temporary insanity" on the part of the voters: Steyn stated, "Rand Paul says this is temporary insanity on the part of whatever it is, 20-something percent of the Republican base. I think it was Einstein who said that insanity is ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

The Gal That Got Away

ImageOne Sunday in the summer of 1954 Alec Wilder, a composer of serious concert music, went with a couple of friends to a bar in Toms River on the New Jersey shore. He had some loose change in his pocket, so he went to the jukebox and dropped a nickel on the new Sinatra single. The machine extracted the 45, lowered it to the turntable, and dropped the needle. A big brassy vamp filled the barroom, reprised by the rest of the orchestra, and at a brisk clip. And then Frank...

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Topical Take

Queer Theory meets African Studies

President Obama has wrapped up his tour of Africa. It was notable, insofar as that word can be applied to the trip, for his somewhat condescending and neo-colonial lecture to his hosts on the need to ease up on the old homophobia. Certainly, Africa is not terribly gay-friendly. But nor are other parts of the planet. In his ardent wooing of Iran, for example, he doesn't seem to have been perturbed in the least by his new best friends' executions of homosexuals, anymore than he is by the ...

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And Then There Were None...

We noted last year the emergence of a new global health crisis: Climate Depression Is For Real. Just Ask A Scientist. Since then, alas, the legions of depressed climatologists have multiplied exponentially, leading some virologists to speculate whether the disease is now airborne and you can catch it just from reading a Michael E Mann #KochMachineDenier Tweet. This month's Esquire contains a massive peer-reviewed story on pre-traumatic planetary-stress disorder: Among climate activists, gloom ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Young at Heart

ImageAn ode to youthful optimism

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